For Immediate Release:   November 20, 2012
(See revised table below)

  

Six Finalists Selected for 2013

BPS Teacher of the Year

VIERA – The names of six outstanding educators who have been selected as finalists for BPS 2013 Teacher of the Year have been announced.

 The finalists – three elementary and three secondary school educators – were selected from the 90 Teachers of the Year from each of the district schools and education service center areas. These individuals will now contend for the honor of being named Brevard 2013 Teacher of the Year.
 “These six exceptional teachers represent the talent and dedication illustrated by teachers throughout the district” said Superintendent, Dr. Brian Binggeli.  “When you read their nominations for this award—made by colleagues—you can’t help but see the passion that these individuals bring to providing children with the highest quality education possible,” he continued. “My congratulations go to each one of them for earning this recognition!”

The 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year will be chosen by a committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders in a formal selection process and will be announced in ceremonies at the ABC Awards Gala on Jan. 23. The winner will be Brevard’s representative in the state’s 2013 Teacher of the Year competition and be the recipient of more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. Finalists for the 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year are listed below in alphabetical order.

 

Joanna DiPeppe – Satellite High School
A National Board Certified teacher, Joanna DiPeppe, has been with BPS for 12 years, all of them at Satellite High where she teaches AP English and Composition. “As part of Satellite High School’s community, she does an outstanding job supporting her students and her colleagues in their endeavors,” Principal Mark Elliott expressed.  “Ms. DiPeppe’s dedication reaches beyond the classroom,” he continued.

Susan French- Sherwood Elementary

Susan French has been teaching in Brevard for 23 years and has been at Sherwood for the last nine. Currently she is a sixth grade classroom teacher. Principal Cindy Wilson had this to say about French’s nomination, “She has the characteristics that are necessary to be a great teacher: she inspires students to do their best; she creates a community within and outside her classroom; and she loves to learn and share new ideas.”

Debra Milliken – Oak Pak Elementary

Now in her 20th year of teaching, Debra Milliken has been at Oak Park since 2009 and currently teaches third grade. In his letter of recommendation, Principal Ron Dedmon said, “Mrs. Milliken is a strong force in education!  Her dedication, cooperation and commitment to students are commendable.  I strongly endorse Mrs. Milliken to represent the District as our Teacher of the Year!”

Jason Schack – Melbourne High School

Jason Schack, a PE teacher at Melbourne High, has been with the District for nine years; all but one in his current Location. James Willcoxon, principal of Melbourne High said this of Schack, “In my opinion, Jason Schack is a truly outstanding educator and role model for all students. He is a shining example of what a great teacher should represent each and every day with his students and colleagues.”

Amber Thibedeau – Sunrise Elementary

A nine year veteran teacher, Amber Thibedeau has been at Sunrise Elementary since it opened six years ago.  She is the Title I Science Teacher at the school. “Amber is one of the true professionals, which every administrator would like to have on their team,” said Principal Barry Pichard.  “Amber is a leader by example, very enthusiastic and excited about her students and her responsibilities.”

Jill Whitacre-West Shore Jr./Sr. High

Jill Whitacre, a seventh grade math teacher at West Shore for two years, has been employed with the District for the past 12. In a his letter of recommendation, Principal Rick Fleming begins, “Every once in a while in our profession, someone comes along that has a special gift for teaching and learning, and inspiring others to do the things they thought they never could. Here at West Shore, that special person is Jill Whitacre.”

 

Listed below are the names of the all of the 2013 BPS Teacher of the Year candidates:

 

SCHOOL

FIRST NAME

LAST NAME

Allen, Roy  Elementary

Kathleen

Giannasi

Andersen, Hans Christian Elementary

Christine

Beck

Apollo Elementary

Michelle

Tucci-Gulbrand

Astronaut High

Kim

Hall

Atlantis Elementary

Michelle

Hefelfinger

Audubon Elementary

Jennifer

Tonhauser

Bayside High

Christine

Barbuto

Cambridge Elementary

Lupe

Stephens

Cape View Elementary

Pamela

Smith

Carroll, Lewis Elementary

Stefanie

Diegelman

Central Area Adult Education

Bruce

Pearce

Central Middle

Miranda

Korpas

Challenger 7 Elementary

Michael

Mugge

Clearlake Middle

Diahann

Shaw

Cocoa Beach Jr./ Sr. High

Jeri

Laufenberg

Cocoa High

Sara

Wyrick

Columbia Elementary

Rita

Hays

Coquina Elementary

Sharon

McDowell

Creel, Dr. W. J.  Elementary

Anita

Campbell

Croton Elementary

Kathy

Bartyczak

DeLaura Middle

Lisa

Bruno

Discovery Elementary

Mary

Wouters

Eau Gallie High

Emily

Torlak

Edgewood Jr./Sr. High

Laura May

Robbins

Endeavour Elementary Magnet

Karen

Coppola

Enterprise Elementary

LeeAnne

Herold

Exceptional Student Education

Karen

Williams

Fairglen Elementary

Kimberly

Haggard

Freedom 7 Elementary School of International Studies

Thomas

Payne

Gardendale Elementary Magnet

Rhonda

Ripperger

Gemini Elementary

Holly

Hays

Golfview Elementary Magnet

Lorri

Benjamin

Harbor City Elementary

Tiffany

Letawa

Heritage High

Enrique

Luna

Holland, Spessard L. Elementary

Judy

Vizzini

Hoover, Herbert C.  Middle

Crystal

Golinello

Imperial Estates Elementary

Magi

Sizemore

Indialantic Elementary

Kimberly

Donovan

Jackson, Andrew Middle

Kyle

Hess

Jefferson, Thomas Middle

Peggi

DeRoy

Johnson, L.B. Middle

Tammy

Greene

Jupiter Elementary

Jamie

Versluis

Kennedy, John F.  Middle

Jolette

McDonald

Lockmar Elementary

Brittani

Bluhm

Longleaf Elementary

Kristie

Pederquist

Madison, James Middle

Joyce

Smolik

Manatee Elementary

Pamela

Aulakh

McAuliffe, Christa Elementary

Attah

Tikili

McNair, Ronald Magnet Middle

Maria

Diaz

Meadowlane Intermediate

Kimberly

Heming

Meadowlane Primary 

Bridget

Braun

Melbourne High

Jason

Schack

Merritt Island High

Amy

Finney

MILA Elementary

Janet

Eastman

Mims Elementary

Jamie

Reynolds

Oak Park Elementary

Debra

Milliken

Ocean Breeze Elementary

Kate

McDaniel

Palm Bay Elementary

Sally

White

Palm Bay High

Jasmin

Baez

Pinewood Elementary

Michelle

Lang

Port Malabar Elementary

James

Harding

Quest Elementary

Jaime

Slentz

Riverview School

Zorica

Simic

Riviera Elementary

Theresa

Chase

Rockledge High

Leslie

Shinault

Roosevelt, Theodore Elementary

Holly

Schumann-Grubb

Sabal Elementary

Lee

Taylor

Satellite High

Joanna

DiPeppe

Saturn Elementary

Brooke

Hotaling

Sculptor Charter 

Maria

Tyson

Sea Park Elementary

Maria

Clifford

Sherwood Elementary

Susan

French

South Lake Elementary

Anthony

Colucci

Southwest Middle

Keith

Merrell

Space Coast Jr./Sr. High

Milagros "Milly"

Sessions

Stevenson, Robert Louis  Elementary School of the Arts

Alison

Fletcher

Stone Middle

Melissa

Grabowski

Sunrise Elementary

Amber

Thibedeau

Suntree Elementary

Amy

Imka

Surfside Elementary

Sandy

Tew

Titusville High

Thomas

Hietpas

Tropical Elementary

Mary

Hoffman

Turner, Sr., John F.  Elementary

Cindy

Carlson

University Park Elementary

MaryEllen

Sorensen

Viera High

Kate

Howick

Virtual Instruction Secondary

Cindy

Dean

West Melbourne Elementary School for Science

Ashley

Skeen

West Shore Jr/Sr High

Jill

Whitacre

Westside Elementary

Cindy

Roach

Williams, Ralph M. Jr., Elementary

DeAnne

Sichler

 

 

 

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